Miami Hurricanes sophomore guard Ja’Quan Newton has been suspended for the final three games of the team’s regular season for a violation of team rules.
Ja'Quan Newton has been suspended three games due to a violation of team rules. He will sit out games against Louisville, ND and VT.
— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) February 27, 2016
Newton missed the ‘Canes win on Saturday against No. 11 Louisville, and will miss their upcoming games against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. The sophomore has averaged 10.9 points per game this season for Miami, and is the third-leading scorer on the team. He’s widely considered one of the best sixth men in college basketball.
Luckily for the Hurricanes, Newton will be back in time for the ACC Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, March 8 in Washington, D.C. Miami will very likely get a double-bye for the five-day tournament, meaning that its first game will be an ACC quarterfinal on Thursday, March 10.
The Hurricanes have won seven of their last eight games, with their only loss coming against North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Newton will give them a very good chance of winning the ACC Tournament, but a lack of depth can certainly mean a lot this time of year, when so many other teams around the country are running on fumes. Miami did well to survive Louisville at home without Newton, but a road trip to South Bend will test this team’s ability to win with a shorter bench.
Miami currently sits on the 2-line of Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, and will need Newton moving forward if it hopes to make a deep run in March.